AKC PuppyFinder: Dogue de Bordeaux Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Loyal, affectionate, and protective; courageous but not aggressive
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active; A couple of good walks a day and a backyard romp are sufficient
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 23.27 inches (male), 23-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 110 pounds & up (male), 99 pounds & up (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 5-8 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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If you're a fan of the movie "Turner & Hooch," you've already met the Dogue de Bordeaux. Aside from some extravagant drooling, he is a powerful and brave dog, loving with his family and a vigilant guardian. This is an ancient French mastiff-type breed, calmer and more sensitive than his ancestors. But your Dogue de Bordeaux puppy will still need early socialization and training. Use firm, positive training and you'll have a sweet, calm, devoted (and drooling) family member. he'll enjoy exercise and dog sports too, like cart-pulling, rally, obedience and agility.

History & Job
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Origin: France

Year Recognized: 2008

Breed History & Job Description: The oldest French dog breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux (“Mastiff of Bordeaux”) was around even before France was France. In ancient times, when France (then called Gaul) was a province of the Roman Empire, DDBs were developed as ferocious war dogs and gladiators. During their long history they also worked as cattle drovers, drafters, and guardians. The breed was virtually unknown in the United States until 1989, when a DDB costarred with Tom Hanks in the police comedy “Turner & Hooch.”

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Dogues de Bordeaux are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip, elbow and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Dogues de Bordeaux are healthy dogs.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Shoulder Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.ddbsa.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Working
  • 2016 Popularity: 63
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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